Trap Free Montana

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Promoting education, modern day science, and non-lethal alternatives to trapping that foster responsible stewardship and respectful coexistence with wildlife.

Akita was caught for days in a leghold trap set for wolves

January 18 Akita was caught for days in a leghold trap set for wolves near Westside Ninemile Rd, Alberton, Montana. The trapper was cited for not checking his wolf trap sets in the required 48 hours. Ice reportedly had to be chipped away from around the trap. The dog will almost certainly lose its leg after this horrendous ordeal. dog in trap-Westside Ninemile Rd, Alberton
Photo courtesy: Brian Deschamps

January 19 The Akita, Darby, found caught for 5-6 days in a leghold trap for wolves, with its paw and trap frozen in the ground, is in need of a new home and help with vet bills. Our question is since the trapper was cited for not checking his traps set for wolves in the required 48 hours, why isn't he being made to pay the vet bills? Look at this poor dog's leg and tell us again how traps don't do damage and inflict suffering? From the blatant publicized vocal hatred some have for wolves, clearly trappers don't care what our trapped wildlife endures. They were among the ones that denied this happened to Darby in the first place.
dog in trap-Westside Ninemile Rd, Alberton
Photo courtesy: The Humane Society of Western Montana

January 19 Darby's surgery was done. They did not amputate her entire leg. We have an inkling of the pain and fear she endured for a reported 5 days trapped frozen in a large leghold trap set for wolves. Now Darby has had to go through this, too, as a result. To think, unlike what happens to wildlife, she is considered a lucky victim of trapping. What will the trapper have to endure for his failure to check his traps in the 48 hr requirement applicable ONLY for sets for wolves? What of his conscious and will he stop trapping or will the courts decide that for him? Akita was caught for days in a leghold trap set for wolves near Westside Ninemile Rd, Alberton, Montana
Photo courtesy: The Humane Society of Western Montana

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